TIGER — The Banks County girls have been on a roll since the 80-25 win over Social Circle on Jan. 28.
That roll continued on Friday with a 74-71 upset win on No. 4-ranked Rabun County's home court in the semifinals of the Region 8-2A tournament. The win sends the Lady Leopards (14-14, Region 8-2A No. 5 seed) to the title game on Saturday against Union County. It was also Banks' fourth straight win.
Union County beat Putnam County in the 4 p.m. semifinal, 59-51.
Rabun County will play Putnam County in the consolation game at Rabun on Saturday. Tip-off is 4 p.m. The winner will be the No. 3 seed in the Class 2A tournament next week.
Rabun's Heather Vaughn scored a team-high 22 points and Jacy Ayers contributed 18 points.
Laken Stiles poured in a game-high 26 points to lead the Lady Wildcats (23-2, Region 8-2A No. 1 seed). Hanna Cannon added 12 points, and Loren Stiles chipped in 10.
UNION COUNTY GIRLS 59,
PUTNAM COUNTY 51
Ava Hunter scored 25 points to lead the Lady Panthers past Putnam County and into the Region 8-2A championship game against Banks County on Friday in the semifinals of the Region 8-2A tournament at Rabun County High.
Union (20-6, Region 8-2A No. 3 seed) led by as many as 21 points, 39-18, late in the third quarter. Putnam made its best run mid-way through the fourth quarter, closing the gap 45-3 and 54-49 with under 2 minutes to go.
Brooke Dockrey added 11 points, and Andelin Hill had 9.
Union will play Banks County on Saturday. Game time is set for 6 p.m.